3 October 2018 Verse of the Day

O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be their strength every morning, Our salvation also in the time of distress.  (Isaiah 33:2 NASB) Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day. Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church: David Avenges the Gibeonites 2Sa 21:1  During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the LORD. The LORD said, “It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.”  2Sa 21:2  The king summoned the Gibeonites and spoke to them. (Now the Gibeonites were not a part of Israel but were survivors of the Amorites; the Israelites had sworn to spare them, but Saul in his zeal for Israel and Judah had tried to annihilate them.)  2Sa 21:3  David asked the Gibeonites, “What shall I do for you? How shall I make atonement so that you will bless the LORD’s inheritance?”  2Sa 21:4  The Gibeonites answered him, “We have no right to demand silver or gold from Saul or his family, nor do we have the right to put anyone in Israel to death.” “What do you want me to do for you?” David asked.  2Sa 21:5  They answered the king, “As for the man who destroyed us and plotted against us so that we have been decimated and have no place anywhere in Israel,  2Sa 21:6  let seven of his male descendants be given to us to be killed and their bodies exposed before the LORD at Gibeah of Saul—the LORD’s chosen one.” So the king said, “I will give them to you.”  2Sa 21:7  The king spared Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the oath before the LORD between David and Jonathan son of Saul.  2Sa 21:8  But the king took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the two sons of Aiah’s daughter Rizpah, whom she had borne to Saul, together with the five sons of Saul’s daughter Merab, whom she had borne to Adriel son of Barzillai the Meholathite.  2Sa 21:9  He handed them over to the Gibeonites, who killed them and exposed their bodies on a hill before the LORD. All seven of them fell together; they were put to death during the first days of the harvest, just as the barley harvest was beginning.  2Sa 21:10  Rizpah daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it out for herself on a rock. From the beginning of the harvest till the rain poured down from the heavens on the bodies, she did not let the birds touch them by day or the wild animals by night.  2Sa 21:11  When David was told what Aiah’s daughter Rizpah, Saul’s concubine, had done,  2Sa 21:12  he went and took the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from the citizens of Jabesh Gilead. (They had stolen their bodies from the public square at Beth Shan, where the Philistines had hung them after they struck Saul down on Gilboa.)  2Sa 21:13  David brought the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from there, and the bones of those who had been killed and exposed were gathered up.  2Sa 21:14  They buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the tomb of Saul’s father Kish, at Zela in Benjamin, and did everything the king commanded. After that, God answered prayer in behalf of the land.  War with the Philistines 2Sa 21:15  Once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel. David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, and he became exhausted.  2Sa 21:16  And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David.  2Sa 21:17  But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished.”  2Sa 21:18  In the course of time, there was another battle with the Philistines, at Gob. At that time Sibbekai the Hushathite killed Saph, one of the descendants of Rapha.  2Sa 21:19  In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair the Bethlehemite killed the brother of Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod.  2Sa 21:20  In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha.  2Sa 21:21  When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimeah, David’s brother, killed him.  2Sa 21:22  These four were descendants of Rapha in Gath, and they fell at the hands of David and his men.  David’s Song of Deliverance 2Sa 22:1  David sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.  2Sa 22:2  He said: “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;  2Sa 22:3  my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent people you save me.  2Sa 22:4  “I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.  2Sa 22:5  The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.  2Sa 22:6  The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.  2Sa 22:7  “In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.  2Sa 22:8  The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens shook; they trembled because he was angry.  2Sa 22:9  Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.  2Sa 22:10  He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.  2Sa 22:11  He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.  2Sa 22:12  He made darkness his canopy around him— the dark rain clouds of the sky.  2Sa 22:13  Out of the brightness of his presence bolts of lightning blazed forth.  2Sa 22:14  The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.  2Sa 22:15  He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.  2Sa 22:16  The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at the rebuke of the LORD, at the blast of breath from his nostrils.  2Sa 22:17  “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.  2Sa 22:18  He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.  2Sa 22:19  They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.  2Sa 22:20  He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.  2Sa 22:21  “The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.  2Sa 22:22  For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I am not guilty of turning from my God.  2Sa 22:23  All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.  2Sa 22:24  I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.  2Sa 22:25  The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in his sight.  2Sa 22:26  “To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,  2Sa 22:27  to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.  2Sa 22:28  You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.  2Sa 22:29  You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns my darkness into light.  2Sa 22:30  With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.  2Sa 22:31  “As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.  2Sa 22:32  For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?  2Sa 22:33  It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.  2Sa 22:34  He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.  2Sa 22:35  He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.  2Sa 22:36  You make your saving help my shield; your help has made me great.  2Sa 22:37  You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.  2Sa 22:38  “I pursued my enemies and crushed them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.  2Sa 22:39  I crushed them completely, and they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.  2Sa 22:40  You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.  2Sa 22:41  You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.  2Sa 22:42  They cried for help, but there was no one to save them— to the LORD, but he did not answer.  2Sa 22:43  I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth; I pounded and trampled them like mud in the streets.  2Sa 22:44  “You have delivered me from the attacks of the peoples; you have preserved me as the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me,  2Sa 22:45  foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.  2Sa 22:46  They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.  2Sa 22:47  “The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!  2Sa 22:48  He is the God who avenges me, who puts the nations under me,  2Sa 22:49  who sets me free from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from a violent man you rescued me.  2Sa 22:50  Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.  2Sa 22:51  “He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.”  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard